HD-DVD: The End Is Near

Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD PlayerWe all knew if was coming after the CES debacle earlier this year. The Hollywood Reporter is today reporting that Toshiba will finally kill off HD-DVD some time in the coming few weeks.

How things have changed in just a year. Coming out of CES 2007 the association representing the Adult Video Industry made a statement in favor of HD-DVD over BluRay citing lower production cost and ability to ramp up production faster. Some may recall that long ago a similar position from a similar group was one of the major factors that closed the debate on VHS vs Betamax.

I wonder if my Toshiba HD-XA1 first generation HD-DVD player will ever be considered collectible?

UPDATE: And this hits just keep coming! This time its Wall-Mart dropping support for HD-DVD.